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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey folks, Happy Thanksgiving. Before sitting down to the big dinner today, I tried on 3 pairs of boots that I am thinking of buying. I spent about 2-3 hours changing from one to another and walking around. These are three very nice boots, any one of which would do the job. But I have a tough-to-fit foot, narrow, flat and long, and none of the three fit perfectly. I am going to have to pick one of these and work with it. Which?
boot 1: built for a narrow, low volume, no arch foot--like mine. This was nearly perfect for me, nearly like a glove, but for one thing. My toe touches the front of the boot; not by much, but I wonder if this wouldn't cause pain after several hours. If I go a size up I lose that snug fit. Is there a way to shave or stretch the shell and liner to gain a couple of mm?
boot 2: the second boot was not so glove-like as the first, but still the fit was pretty good and snug both in the heel and the forward portion of the boot, and my toe did not contact the front of the boot. But, the boot was built for someone with an arch, which I do not have. So with this boot I was feeling extra pressure where my arch should be (if I had one). Can this high spot in the arch be taken down somehow?
boot 3: the third boot was roomier than the other two. While the heel pocket is good and snug, the toe box is kind of boxy and from about the ankle forward I can move my foot around. No rubs or pressure anywhere, but it is not a snug fit. I wonder about control and safety with a boot that fits like this. Is there a way to fill in some of the excess volume in the forward part of the boot?
Which one of these three boots will I be best able to work with to find that perfect fit?
post #2 of 12
Footbeds. A $79 to $120 fix that you will benefit from anyway. The simplest form is just heated, you stand on it till it cools and adopts the shape of your arch.
post #3 of 12
Your toes are supposed to touch the front of your boot when standing (though not necessarily when flexing forward), just not crammed against the front. Regardless, my regular bootfitting guru has told me the easiest thing for him to fix is the toe length, and any good bootfitter should be able to do that.

#1 sounds like the lucky winner to me.
post #4 of 12
The procedure to fix the first boot is very simple. Any shop could do it. And AC is right, you need to be feeling the front of that boot. Footbeds are also important. Have you ever seen the insert in a boot? Completely flat, no support. Footbeds will make all the difference in the world.
post #5 of 12
Take a trip to Stratton and see Greg Hoffman at Green Mountain Orthotic Lab. It will be well worth it!! Terry
post #6 of 12
Try another technique to find the right boot. First find your bootfitter. Let them recommend the boot that will best suit your foot and leg shape and your skiing style and ability. After the bootfitter works some of their magic on your boots, you'll have more comfort and control, and you'll be a better skier, than you ever thought possible.

How do you find a good bootfitter? One way is to contact local racers and ask them. Here's more boot info: http://www.techsupportforskiers.com/bootindex.htm <A HREF="http://www.gmolfoot.com/default.htm" TARGET=_blank>


<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 23, 2001 08:33 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Ken ]</font>
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ken, you are right, that is normally the best way to proceed. But in this case I am buying AT boots, which present a couple of significant challenges: precious few models are made and sold worldwide; and, none of those few models are available retail within hundreds of miles of me (no fooling!). After nearly a year of looking around, it became clear to me that, but for those lucky few who live near Jackson, Tahoe City, SLC, Bozeman and a couple of other places mainly in the mountain west (or the Alps), buying AT boots is done via email and UPS.

And so, after gathering as much info as I could, I selected three models that I believed might work for me and ordered them. They're here now. I am going to pick the best one (ie, the one that I think I can get closest to a perfect fit for me), buy it, and THEN take it to a boot fitter......assuming I can find a fitter who is willing to work with a new pair of boots s/he did not sell! The guy in Stratton Vermont may well be the closest to me (a mere 7 hour drive).

Far from ideal, but it just wasn't going to happen any other way.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 24, 2001 11:10 AM: Message edited 1 time, by JW ]</font>
post #8 of 12
J.W. Buy boot 1. Like A.C. said, your toes should brush lightly with the front of the boot, but not to tight that you can't wiggle your toes without feeling them curl down. Also flex forward with them buckled up and they should come away a hair. One thing to remember is that the liner will break in after a few uses. Try this, put the boots in the refrigerator for an hour then try them on. Which one feels the best now? Boots always fit differently in the cold weather. What feels good at room temperature might not at skiing condition temps of zero or worse. One can't do this in the ski shop but you have the luxury of doing this at home. I'll add one thing, I have a custom footbed and it has been in the last 7 pairs of boots that i've owned. You can't go wrong with a good footbed. You can also have one made by a pediatrist to remedy your flatfootedness. Hope this helped you.
post #9 of 12

There is a boot fitter who operates out of Langhorne Ski & Sport. It's on (business US 1) a few miles north of the Philadelphia line. I have only had dealings with them a few times and they seem like pretty good folks.

Last week they refused to sell me a pair of boots for my Jr. racer. Their measurements indicated that the current boot was fine (for at least most of this season.... he's 11).

He has a low volume narrow foot and his complaint was that he could feel his toes....
post #10 of 12
Sounds like boot # 1-to make sure do a shell fit ,pull out the liner and place your toe lightly touching the front and you should have 3/4 of an inch distance from heel to shell(one finger width for high performance 2 fingers for regular)if that is the case do not worry about length,you are right on(there are some exceptions ,like where you have a short achiles tendon and the heel will not go completely back in the pocket ,but these are rare and a half competent fitter can adapt it). A foot bed will draw your toes back 80% of the time and give you more front room .A custom foot bed would give you the best results ,yet it sounds loke these boots might have a low instep,if so on occasion a foot bed raises up the instep and if so the tech might have to grind the foot platform. good luck
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'll give Langhorn a call. They did a great job fitting me for alpine boots; but then again, I bought what they were selling.
post #12 of 12

I have found that if I cultivate a good relationship with a good shop, buying there whenever possible, asking and taking their advice and referring people when appropriate,
then in the unusual situation that I ask for special service, I almost always get it.
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